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It was just moments into the game when Susan Sandell heard a roar from the Abbey restaurant, a block from her Seal Beach apartment. She knew immediately that one of two things had happened: "Either [Mark] McGwire hit a home run," she said, "or they got a new shipment of hats." As it turned out, McGwire hit the homer in the first inning, matching the record Roger Maris set in 1961 and sending the bar-full of fans into a fit of cheering and toasting. The hats arrived about 15 minutes later.
When First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton fancied a fashionable straw hat for a White House event, one phone call to the San Fernando Valley did the trick. Searching for a traditional English bowler took comedian and former talk show host Arsenio Hall to the same place--Constance Jolcuvar's hat shop in Calabasas. Jolcuvar, an old-fashioned hat maker, has been appointed the head milliner for this summer's Olympic Games in Atlanta.
October 19, 2008 | Emili Vesilind, Times Staff Writer
Gliding across the stage, crooning "come closer" over a driving beat, he manhandles the microphone stand like a modern-day James Brown. Only without the polyester jumpsuit. Ne-Yo, the R&B triple-threat singer, performer and songwriter, is rocking a steel gray Tom Ford sharkskin suit, a silver tie cinched with a tie bar -- and his trademark fedora. His retro style -- or "swag" as he calls it -- informs every element of the performance. Flanked by four female dancers, he sings in front of an old-school band with a full horn section.
November 6, 1990
Diane M. Wootton Assistant principal, Ventura High School Yes, they are, of course, necessary because of how our population now dresses. We feel that some of the outfits are not appropriate for school. They disrupt the classroom instruction. We sometimes have students who don't wear enough clothing--it's too brief, exposing certain parts of the body, and it's distracting. Our written policy is that dress, grooming or accessories "considered unsafe, dangerous or a health hazard, containing offensive or obscene symbols, signs or slogans degrading to any cultural, religious or ethnic values, containing language or symbols oriented towards sex, drugs, violence, alcohol or tobacco are not allowed on campus or at any school-sponsored events."
October 23, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: Please clarify the Transportation Security Administration's limitations on volume of fluids allowed in a single container to be carried onboard in the 1-quart plastic bag, which raised the issue of 3-1-1 (3 ounces, 1-quart bag, 1 bag per person). I was in Italy and wanted to bring back a vial of Modena's famed balsamic vinegar. In Europe, volume is expressed in metric, and the smallest container I could find was 100 milliliters, which is 3.3 ounces. I chose not to bring anything back.
March 24, 2005 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Crowns. They wear crowns. Big, beautiful elaborate hats bejeweled with imported crystals that dance in the sunlight streaming through stained glass windows. Fancy creations abloom with iridescent plumes, oversized roses and sweet violets, perfect for pulpit or pew. Elegant chapeaux trimmed with fur, Belgian lace or flat-back pearls that stand out nonpareil in church.
Commercial plumber Dave Fortney couldn't stand the dingy ring-around-the-brim his baseball caps would develop after a hard day's work or an outing on his boat, but he also hated the way the caps came out of the laundry limp and battered. When one of his favorite caps came out especially mangled, he decided enough was enough.
January 11, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - They were known simply as the San Francisco Twins. At 5-foot-1 and about 100 pounds apiece, the fashion enthusiasts were an integral part of the city fabric for four decades. With matching furs, hats and high-end purses, they completed each other's sentences, posed for countless tourist snapshots and modeled for the likes of Reebok, Joe Boxer and IBM. Now one is gone. Vivian Brown, 85, who had Alzheimer's, died in her sleep Wednesday, leaving behind Marian, who was eight minutes younger.
January 26, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Moisture, condensation, fog -- whatever you want to call it -- has made it impossible to peek through two windows on the door of the St. John Bosco wrestling room to see what's happening inside. Then the door opens, and a visitor is blasted with a burst of hot air as if a heater is going full throttle.  It's sauna-like conditions, and yet there's no machine producing the heat. It's coming from more than 20 shirtless, sweating wrestlers circling the room and trying to prove what Coach Omar Delgado means when he says, "Wrestling is a six-minute sprint.
November 2, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
While I was researching Hollywood hatmaker Gunner Foxx for the upcoming issue of Image magazine (which drops Dec. 1), the 29-year-old mentioned to us that he had recently been crafting custom hats for Kanye West -- many of which are destined for the rapper's 'Yeezus' tour wardrobe. According to Foxx, West in September ordered 14 of the hatmaker's one-of-a-kind, open crown, wide-brim felt hats -- including one (above, left) for which Foxx hand-burned an image of Jesus' face into the crown.
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